Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 3:57 pm
When individuals use the computer at work for extended periods of time, they run the risk of developing repetitive motion injuries. High-speed typing is a requirement in several industries, and this type of movement can lead to repetitive strain disorders in the hands, shoulders, and arms.
These injuries are often seen in people who are constantly on computers, phones with keyboards, or other devices that require constant typing. The excessive amount of typing at work can damage the tendons, muscles, and nerves. The area that is involved in the repetitive motion can become severely inflamed and painful.
Experts have noted that there are different ways in which someone can reduce his or her odds of developing a repetitive strain injury. An adjustable desk chair could help with movement if someone is required to sit for long periods of time. Another tactic that helps is changing the height of the computer throughout the day, so that the hands rest in different positions.
If you developed a repetitive motion injury due to your job, please contact the repetitive motion injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles and releases information regarding workplace fatalities. Recently, the BLS released the preliminary data for the 2011 fiscal year, which showed that 4,609 occupational fatalities were recorded during that time.
Based on the data, the BLS ranks the most dangerous jobs in America according to the rate of fatalities associated with the profession. For 2011, the most dangerous job in the United States was being employed as a fisherman or -woman. The second deadliest job listed was a logging worker.
Other jobs that were ranked in the top 10 deadliest professions included pilots, roofers, truck drivers, and taxi drivers. Out of the 4,609 fatalities that occurred, 666 of them were classified as slip and fall accidents that took place on work grounds.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident while at work, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Please contact the workplace injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
An L.A. County probation officer is facing several workers’ compensation fraud charges after she was arrested for allegedly fabricating injury reports in order to gain workers’ comp benefits.
The allegations pertain to nine separate inquiries involving reports of workplace injuries between November 2009 and present day. The female probation officer also fabricated medical documents in order for the reports to maintain their authenticity. The officer has been put on administrative leave.
According to the Probation Department, there is the possibility that other employees have also utilized this illegal method to secure workers’ comp benefits. Each of these allegations will be properly investigated.
Please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 if you or someone you know has questions regarding workers’ compensation benefits.
Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Individuals who are allotted paid sick days at work are less likely to suffer an injury while on the job, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
Researchers discovered that people with this type of leave were 28 percent less likely to suffer an injury at work. However, this percentage varied based on the type of job. Construction workers who are not able to take paid time off of work when they are sick are 21 percent more likely to suffer an injury in the workplace.
A researcher in the study suggested that individuals who are not offered the option of paid sick leave go to their jobs when ill in fear that they will lose their income for that time, and therefore they are more susceptible to accidents and injuries.
If you have been injured on the job, please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 2:11 pm
In the United States, workplace injuries affecting young workers between the ages of 16 and 24 occur every two minutes. Overall, people in this age group have more than double the chances of sustaining a job-related injury as compared to individuals who are 25 years of age or older.
Due to this high risk for young people in the workforce, safety awareness and prevention techniques are the main focus of a campaign that was launched on National Young Worker Safety Day in late June. On June 25, 2012, 4,000 people in the United States pledged their allegiance to the support of this campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to spread information regarding workplace safety to one million young individuals in the United States by the end of 2015. With this knowledge, supporters are hopeful that the occurrence of workplace injuries among young workers will subside.
If you have questions concerning the claims filing process for a workplace injury, please contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
A recent chemical explosion that occurred at a plant in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, left two workers injured.
The company where the workers are employed is responsible for creating oxygen generators that are used in the military. On the day of the workplace accident, the workers were mixing several different chemicals, including phosphorus.
Of the two workers who were involved in the accident, one of them lost several fingers, and the other fell ill after accidentally inhaling fumes from the chemical mixture. It is still unclear why the explosion took place, and an investigation into the accident is underway.
To learn more about the hazards of phosphorus ingestion, please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Workplace back injuries can be severe, but some employees may not notice their overall severity right away.
Strain injuries are the most common way that an individual’s back can be damaged while at work. These injuries usually target the lower back and could be caused by repetitive lifting motions, or slip and fall accidents.
A back injury can initially improve, and then become a major problem yet again. Employees need to alert their employers as soon as they suffer a workplace back injury, in order to cover all their bases when applying for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are suffering from the complications of a back injury that you received at work, please contact the back injury attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Three ConAgra Foods, Inc. employees were severely burned two years ago when the elevator they were working in became engulfed in flames.
The three men were inside a concrete grain bin taking away equipment, when flames erupted inside the elevator. They all sustained serious burn injuries from the explosion. One of the men is no longer able to go outside, because his body is not able to regulate it’s own body heat.
They filed a lawsuit against the company, stating that the elevator was not properly inspected, and warning signs for an impending explosion were ignored. A jury sided with the victims of the workplace accident, and awarded them $181 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
If a workplace injury has left you with serious injuries, please contact the workplace injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
A study conducted by the RAND Corporation revealed an interesting link between states and fatality rates in the construction industry.
States with high fatal injuries reported a surprisingly low number of non-fatal injuries among construction workers. The opposite was true for states with low fatality rates in the industry, they showed a great number of non-fatal accidents. One of the authors in the study claimed that the injuries reported were reflective of the workers’ compensation programs in each state.
The states in the West were primarily labeled with a high non-fatal injury rate, and a low fatality rate in regards to construction-site accidents. Southern states were characterized by high construction fatality rates, and a small amount of non-fatal injury reports.
Construction injuries can leave workers with long-term disabilities. If you were injured in a construction accident, please contact the construction injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
Studies suggest that employees who are prescribed painkillers for their workplace injuries do not return to work as fast as those who are not prescribed to pain medication.
According to two separate studies, the cost of workplace injuries increase for insurance companies if the injured individual receiving disability payments is taking opioid painkillers. Pain pills cause an employee to stay out of work three times longer than someone who is not taking the powerful pain relievers, one study says.
If these pills are used too early in the recovery process, too often, or for too long, disability payments and medical expenses will begin to rise, and will delay the worker’s return to the workforce. The more individuals who rely on these medications to get through their injuries, the more likely it is that they will push back their full recovery time.
Injuries sustained at work can create serious complications in everyday life. If you have been injured while working, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the worker injury lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130 today.